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Saudi hospital fined for MERS patient treatment failure

Patient was forced to go to another hospital

Saudi hospital fined for MERS patient treatment failure
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A private hospital in Riyadh has been fined SR100,000 ($27,000) for failure to comply with the rules for handling MERS-CoV cases, local media has reported.

The Violation Committee of Private Health Facilities in the Riyadh Health Directorate imposed the penalty after proving laxity on the part of the hospital in handling a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) patient.

"The case was not dealt with according to the standard practice and medical requirements imposed by the Health Ministry. This forced the patient to go to another hospital and a medical analysis later confirmed he was infected with coronavirus," a source was quoted as saying.

The Health Directorate has stressed that all health facilities must strictly follow the regulations and instructions and give the best in medical care to limit the spread of the disease.

It has also launched an intensive awareness campaign to warn people of the hazards associated with the virus and educate them about how transmission of the virus can be prevented.

The health facilities in the capital have stepped up measures against the spread of the virus, which has caused death of 517 people in the kingdom.

Since the outbreak of the disease in the Kingdom in June 2012, the total number of infections has risen to 1,216.

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